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"BABY!" Sirius yelled, and the pure joy in his voice was the most beautiful sound in the world.
"Baby?" Remus repeated dumbly, not comprehending what was going on. 'Sirius… did you run a baby over with your motorcycle?" his confusion changed to horror as Sirius burst into maniacal laughter.
'Nooo, Moony!" He turned to James, pleading with him to just spill the news.
"Alright," Lily finally said with a laugh, "I don't think Sirius will live through the next minute if we don't say it. Remus…. I'm pregnant."
There was a silence as everyone turned to look at Remus' reaction. His eyes widened comically, and he opened and closed his mouth a few times, but no words came out. His head moved from James to Lily and back again a few times before he could speak.
"You… you and James? Baby?" He asked hoarsely as if he were very weak.
They nodded at him, while Sirius basically nodded with his entire body as he jumped up a little again as the excitement of the news began to hit him once more.
"This bastard," Sirius exclaimed as he grabbed James' head and messed up his hair with his hand, "in communion with the lovely Lily, will produce a child. A BABY, Remus, why aren't you celebrating?"
"I… are you serious?" Remus stuttered, an awestruck look on his face.
"I'm Sirius!" he replied cheerfully letting out another booming laugh over James' groan of protest about the overused joke on Sirius' name. "And that's Lily, and that's the son of a bitch who got her pregnant, and that," he said, his voice growing louder as he pointed to Lily's stomach, "will turn into a baby. A BABY!" he repeated happily.
"But… how?" Remus asked, still in shock.
"Well, Moony, when a man and a woman love each other very much, sometimes they like to do a little thing we like to call-"
Remus put up a hand to stop Sirius' cheeky answer, and instead looked at Lily for confirmation, as if he still thought this was a big joke. She nodded, a smile lighting up her face.
"Oh my… I can't believe it, congratulations!" Remus said, a smile starting to spread across his face. "This is great, this is fantastic, this is… this is wonderful!"
"Is that all you can say?" Sirius asked incredulously. "Our friends are having a child, and all you can say is that this is wonderful?"
"What do you want me to do, dance around like an idiot?" Remus asked, though his voice was cheerful and airy.
James cast a purposeful look at Sirius, who was looking back at him with innocence in his eyes. "We already had that covered, thanks."
"We need to celebrate! Moony, is that wine I see under your arm?" Sirius asked, and snatched the bottle from Remus before he could reply.
"The last thing you need is to drink, Padfoot," James said, though he rushed into the other room to grab some wine glasses for the drink and came back to see Sirius with the bottle under his arm and wand out in his hand.
James passed the glasses around to his friends and wife, and drew Lily close to him as Sirius muttered a spell to open the wine bottle. The cap flew off and the wine poured out of bottle as Sirius ran around to everyone, trying to get the wine into the cups. Everyone moved to drink, when Sirius called out commandingly, his voice stopping them accordingly.
"What the hell? Did you guys think I'd let you off that easily? Put your damn drinks down, I'm not done with you!" he said, his eyes dancing with mirth.
James, Lily and Remus all groaned, though none of them could stop the smiles that spread across their faces. Sirius jumped onto a maple coffee table, and Lily moved forward as if to stop him, but fell back in acceptance a moment later.
"Today we are here to celebrate the coming of a child. Actually we initially were here to celebrate Christmas, but Christmas is nothing compared to the news Remus and I got here today. I came here thinking that Lily would cook me a fantastic meal that would have me begging her to ditch James and marry me," he winked at Lily roguishly and grinned at James' glare.
"I also thought that Remus would bring that chocolate from Sweden that he promised me," continued Sirius as he paused to give Remus a pointed look, and Remus grabbed a package of chocolates he had thrown on the table earlier, and held it up. "Good man, Moony! And that James and I would just do whatever the hell we always do and have a good time doing it. Anyways, just this would have made a rather great day of celebration and joy and general festivities. But now, there is more! James, the Master of Bastards, and Lily, lovely, gentle and sweet Lily, have gotten together and produced a baby!
"We should have a moment of prayer… in hopes that the baby is actually mine and not James', and that he is saved and will come forth instead with my stunning good looks and silky hair," Sirius said with a laugh as he tossed his head back.
James moved forward to punch him in the shoulder, but Sirius deftly avoided the blow, skillfully managing to also not spill his wine, though it was a close call. Lily giggled, and wrapped an arm around James' waist.
"So now we toast the husband and wife. I remember that one day a long time ago, Jamesie boy, when you were particularly miserable about yet another of Lily's rejections, and I said to you, I said: 'one day you will make sweet babies with Lily' and so here is that day!"
Lily lifted an eyebrow and looked at James and then to Sirius. "You seriously said that?" she asked in amused disbelief.
"I can attest to that one," Remus said with a lopsided grin and a nod. "That was during our fifth year I think, after James did something particularly stupid, and you rejected him rather harshly. He was pretty depressed after that one, and Sirius was doing his usual cheering up gig, complete with a new pranking game plan, and lots and lots of chocolate frogs."
"I used to depress you so much that you would eat chocolate to make yourself feel better?" Lily asked with an amused smile, though she hugged James closer to her to show him she was just teasing.
James ran a hand through his untamable hair and shrugged his shoulders nonchalantly. "Nah, I just had a thing for chocolate in my fifth year."
"Yeah, that's why during February of that year, when you were being more of a prick than usual and in result she snubbed you more often, you gained seven pounds," Sirius said with his usual deep laugh.
James broke off from Lily again and threatened to hit Padfoot, but Remus chuckled and grabbed his friend around the shoulder to still him. "It's true, you know, you did get a bit of a stomach that month," he said trying to bite back his smile, and patted James in the belly.
James swatted his hand away in denial of his friend's words, and ignored Sirius' hysterical laughter in the background. "I did not!" he exclaimed indignantly.
He looked to Lily for support, but she was looking away, obviously trying not to laugh out loud.
"Anyways," Sirius interjected loudly, "we need to get back on topic, ladies, and we can talk about James' eating problems and his 'fat month' later if need be," he said with a wink, earning a scowl from his friend. "What we were discussing earlier was this wonderful event that will change all of our lives. This baby will be a wonderful addition to the Potter-Black-Lupin clan."
Remus raised his hand as though he was in school, and Sirius called on him solemnly. "Does that mean I have to transfer that whole last name to a potential wife?"
"Unless you want to suffer disgrace and expulsion, then yes, I would say that a potential chick would have to be willing to take the entire thing."
"Duly noted. Please do continue," Remus said with impressive seriousness, as he gestured with his hand.
"I guess I had better wrap this toast up, the wine seems to be going flat. Anyways, I just wanted to say that I love both of you very much, and I'm so happy for you. I can't think of a better family to be born into than yours," Sirius said, the laughter slipping off his face and turning into sincerity.
"Thanks, Padfoot," James said softly, looking at his friend.
They all clinked glasses solemnly, and took a sip of the wine. "Oh Merlin…. Moony, this is fantastic!" Sirius called cheerfully after taking another gulp. A sudden thought hit him as he gasped and looked over at Lily, who was taking another little sip of the drink.
"Lily! The fetus!" Sirius yelled in horror, pointing a finger at her.
Remus choked on the wine in his mouth, and Lily looked up at him with wide eyes amid James' hysterical laughter.
"The… fetus?" she asked, not sure whether to laugh or just keep staring at him, shocked that he would even use that word.
"You know, the FETUS! The thing that is growing inside of you that one day will turn into your bouncing baby boy!" Sirius said slowly, as though Lily were stupid.
"I didn't even know you knew that word," Remus said in between gasping breaths of air as he struggled to breathe normally again.
Sirius looked at him resentfully, and rolled his eyes. "Of course I know that word, Moony, who doesn't? And Lily, I told you, no alcohol while you are holding in you a little James! Do you want him to grow up to be a kleptomaniac drug addict or something?"
He said it with such concern and forcefulness that Lily couldn't bring herself to tell him that a cup of wine wouldn't completely deform her child. "You're right, I'm sorry."
Sirius looked at her and then his face broke out into a smile. "It's alright, Lily, you just made a mistake. Anyways, this toast is partially for you, so you have a right to celebrate. I think it's rather fair if we say that you can drink half of it, but then that's it for alcohol until the baby is born, don't you think?"
Lily stifled a chuckle, and instead just nodded with as much seriousness as she could manage. "Yes, I think that sounds perfectly reasonable."
Remus just shook his head and took another drink. He looked over James' shoulder and around the house, his eyes passing quickly over the fireplace, mantel, pictures on the wall, the Christmas tree…
He let out a yelp as his own face stared back at him in miniature on a branch in the middle of the tree. "What the hell?" he exclaimed, pointing at it.
James turned around to see what he was looking at, and laughed as he saw what Remus was staring at. "Sirius," he answered, as though that was enough of an explanation by itself.
"You don't like it?" Sirius asked; his lips coming together in a pout that would make anybody soften. He had used it so often during his Hogwarts years to get what he wanted, that he reverted back to it unconsciously. Lily felt an unplanned "aww" escape her throat as Sirius' handsome face bore the sad look rather well, and his eyes sparkled in the firelight.
"No, no, I like it! It's… picturesque," Moony replied hastily.
"Picturesque?" Jamaes repeated with a guffaw. "What the hell, Moony, you sound like an old woman!"
"The only reason I'm not going to kill you right now, James Potter, is because I don't want your baby to grow up without a father. If that wasn't the case, than you'd be so dead that it's ridiculous."
"Yeah, that's pretty scary, Moony," James retorted sarcastically. He next words were halted as a whooping Sirius ran across the room and grabbed the wine glass from James' hand, and downed what was left of it in a single gulp. James stared at him, and then back at his empty glass. "Was that necessary?" he asked his best friend, reaching his foot out the next time Sirius ran by screaming about the baby, and tripped him.
Sirius fell surprisingly lightly considering the surprise attack, and rolled over onto his back just in time to let out a breath as James sat firmly on his chest. "You… prat…" Sirius gasped as James grinned back at him.
"This looks familiar… what is that, Sirius? You can't breathe?" James said with a semi-evil laugh.
Remus shook his head and went over to stand next to Lily, who was looking down at the guys and rubbing her neck. "And how are you dealing with their affair?" he asked Lily with teasing seriousness.
"It's been hard," she said, though she had to forcibly will herself not to laugh. "I came back from the store today to find this very same scene, except that Sirius was on top," she said, though she giggled a moment later when Sirius managed to overpower James and flip him over onto his back, and then sat on James to secure him down. "Ah now, here they go again."
James and Sirius looked up at the same moment and yelled, their words almost incoherent as they talked over each other with load protests about them liking women and not having a secret affair. Remus and Lily laughed until Sirius got up off of James, and helped him up.
"Hey Moony, I'll bet you if I can pull of a perfect cartwheel that the baby will have Lily's eyes!" Sirius said a few moments later, after smoothing his hair down carelessly.
"I'll take that bet," Remus replied after a few seconds of consideration. "The conditions in this room aren't satisfactory for acrobatics, and there is a seventy five percent chance that you will misstep and hit that coffee table and fall down."
Sirius stared at him blankly. "Thanks for the support, mate."
"I'm with Sirius; the child absolutely must have my eyes," Lily said with a joking conceitedness, batting her eyelashes sweetly at her husband.
"I'm with Moony, just because I've only ever seen Sirius complete a cartwheel down a hill, and almost any idiot can do that." James said after, "though my eyes aren't bad either," he said in an undertone.
"You suck," Sirius said impishly, and stuck out his tongue at his best friend childishly. He got into position to start the cartwheel, pointing one toe in front of his leg. He pulled his jeans over his lean hips to make sure they were secure, surveyed the scene in front of him, took full notice of the looming closeness of the coffee table, and flipped. The world went upside-down for a moment, and it was righted again when he landed on his feet.
Lily jumped in the air and clapped happily, dancing in a little circle around James. "Our baby will have my eyes now!" she exclaimed just as joyfully as if Sirius' little bet was actually a reality.
"Lily dearest, I knew you always had faith in me," Sirius said with a charming grin at her.
"Lucky shot," Remus and James muttered at the same time as Sirius did an insane little victory jig right in front of them, amid their groans and protests.
He dropped to the ground in exhaustion a few minutes later, and his friends sat down with him. "This has been the finest day of my life," Sirius said sincerely after a while of comfortable silence.
"Despite the fact that you can be a prat sometimes, you are a total sweetheart," Lily said warmly to him, with a sweet smile.
James cleared his throat purposefully and pointed at himself. "Husband!" he reminded her and she smiled at him also, and leaned back into his arms.
Sirius reached over to grab Remus by his red sweater and pulled him closer to the group. He swung an arm around Remus and then one around James and bent towards him slightly.
"This is the best Christmas ever," he said softly, his grin more resplendent than all the Christmas lights in the world could ever be.